City Girl, Country Woman ~ Living the Homesteading Dream

I grew up as a city girl, but I always longed for the country. My mother was a city girl who married my father, a country boy, and I’m an equal mix of them both. Childhood Memories My Dad grew up on a farm in northeast Kansas and I was always fascinated when we visited …

In Defense of Leaves

In Defense of Leaves

In Defense of Leaves I love the leaves, leave ’em be. Let them rest where they fall from the tree. I love the way they smell and sound, and the way they look all over the ground. Competing for the lead, they skip and tumble like children freed, racing to play at recess. (Fleeing from …

Red Thai Roselle ~ A Garden Adventure

Mature Red Thai Roselle Plant

I enjoy trying new things, so this summer I experimented with growing Red Thai Roselle (Hibiscus Sabdariffa). I saw it in the Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds catalog and thought it sounded interesting. They listed many uses such as tea, pie, and jelly, but using the leaves to make herbal tea appealed to me the most. …

Tronchuda Kale ~ A Super Green Worth Growing

Tronchuda Kale

I love experimenting in the garden. That’s why I enjoy the Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds catalog so much. I’m amazed by the vast array of plants that I’ve never heard of. Reading the descriptions, comparing, and picking out a few new things to try helps me survive the bleakest months of winter. Having said that, …

Magnolia Blossom Tendril Pea

Magnolia Blossom Tendril Pea

Magnolia Blossom Tendril Pea is a variety that I ordered through Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company to try this past Spring. I was very happy with its performance. I had some seeds left of another variety, Sugar Snap, from last year so I planted some of those, too, and was able to compare them. Both of …

Purple Hull Pinkeye Cowpeas

Purple Hull Peas by Mid-Life Blogger

My garden is part laboratory, meaning that I like to try new things, whether techniques or plants. One of my favorite seed companies is Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. In the winter I love looking through their catalog while planning my Spring garden, reading the descriptions of plants from all over the world. I’m amazed by the boundless …

Easy Herbs for a Zesty Life

Easy Herbs for a Zesty Life

Have you ever taken a bite of something and it was just…bland? It needed something? Well, that something is herbs. Not only do they add that “je ne sais quoi” to foods, they also boost your health. In many ways, herbs add zest to life! Easy! Herbs are among my favorite plants to grow. They’re …

Oriental Lilies

Stargazer Lilies

Oriental Lilies are blooming now and they’re amazing! I’m making a mental note to order more of them. A single flower can perfume an entire room, making it one of my favorites to bring inside, although their pollen can make a bit of a mess. The blooms are huge, about 6-7″ across, and their colors …

My Garden Style

Colander Planted with Succulents

I would describe my decorating style, both inside and out, as “Flea Market Chic.” I love things with character, patina, and a story. I admire the cleverness of repurposed items, and especially enjoy having things with extra meaning because they were made by a friend or loved one. I didn’t plan it, but my front …

What’s Blooming Today

Water Lily in Garden Pond

Ivory Edges Daylily